The iSTART fee is $59.00 and will be charged to your UCLA BruinBill account during the Fall Quarter. The fee includes all of the following items:

  • Pre-Arrival Online Orientation
  • Resource Fair and Visa Check-In
  • UCLA Exchange Student Orientation (exchange students ONLY)
  • Sightseeing Bus Tour of Los Angeles
  • Access to our DCISS Programs
  • iSTART Welcome Pack
    • UCLA Sweatshirt
    • Dashew Center Water Bottle
    • Reusable UCLA tote bag

Although you are consenting to add the iSTART charge to your BruinBill when you begin iSTART, the charges will not be posted to your BruinBill account until late October. Please make sure you are always aware of charges on your BruinBill so you do not incur late fees for non-payment of charges.

*Important Note: The cost of attending the UCLA First Year Student Orientation and/or UCLA Transfer Student Orientation is NOT included in the price of iSTART, that fee must be paid separately when you register for a UCLA New Student Orientation session at


The iSTART@UCLA fee (DCISS-Orientation) is a one-time fee paid by incoming international students. iSTART@UCLA includes a pre-arrival online orientation (getting started in LA and UCLA, academic integrity, culture shock, and visa workshops), helps build a sense of community through Dashew Center apparel, provides social and cultural activities and programs to foster cross-cultural friendship (LA city bus tour, networking programs, welcome event, comedy show and film nights), and offers services related to required visa and immigration compliance. The fee supports operating expenses for services related to the psychological health and well-being of international students during their transition to the U.S. and campus life. The amount of the iSTART Fee is determined through an audit of expenses incurred for the above programs and services and is set by Sales & Services of UCLA Corporate Accounting.

Fall Grad and Undergrad Students

Anderson MBA Students

Architecture and Urban
Design Students

CSI (College Summer Institute) & Summer
Early Start:

Law School Students

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